removing winter protection

liza070831(z4VT)March 13, 2006

Is it too early to start removing winter protection? It seems to have warmed up here and I was wondering what you should look for to let you know when it's safe to start peeling off the piled up soil and leaves from the roses, hydrangia, general garden etc.

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karen_w(5 MI)

I'm cleaning up now around the plants that aren't divas. This does not include roses or hydrangeas. If you want to clean up, then re-cover with fresh mulch, that's another story. K.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 9:27PM
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jannie(z7 LI NY)

I'm in NY, more like zone 6B or 7, and I usually start uncovering plants the end of March. Still too early here. And my last frost date isn't until about May 15. I know it's been unusually warm, and I already have Spring fever,but I keep telling myself to hold off.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 1:26PM
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Laurie_z3_MB(sw MB)

They say you should wait until the native trees start to leaf out and/or the forsythia starts to bloom. For my zone that's typically the end of April.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 2:05PM
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glen3a(Winnipeg MB 3A)

I know some say to wait until the trees start leafing out, but I often find that's too late. By then there have been alot of sunny warm days, and the plants under the mulch (such as roses) might warm up too much and start growing prematurely.

I guess it depends on the plant and the location in the yard, sun exposure, etc.

For conifers that are wrapped in burlap, I usually wait until the snow pack has melted and the ground thawed out a bit, probably the first week of April. Last year I left this too long and the branch ends of my yew browned and died whereever it was touching the blanket that I used to cover it with (we had an unusual warm 60's spell in early April but there was still some snow around the plants, so I didn't want to uncover).


    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 10:44AM
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